Census education resources programmes

The census is unique and only happens once every 10 years. So, we at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) want to inspire the next generation to take part. To support this important event, we’re running free primary and secondary education programmes.

These programmes help educate children and young people on the importance of the census and about how the information it collects helps shape the society we live in.

Find out more, and register your school to take part, at:

Register today to give you time to plan and run your activities by Census Day on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Census Primary Education Resources Programme - Let’s Count!

To support Census 2021, we’ve partnered with education resource centre iChild to develop an exciting, free education resource programme.

It’s cross-curricular - leading on maths - and covers Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with specific resources for Year 6.

The Let’s Count! resource programme has achieved accreditation from Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and the Geographical Association. It also won “STEM educational programme of the year” at the Wales STEM Awards 2020.

This easy-to-use education programme can help improve maths and writing skills, using Census 2021, a significant real-life event, as a stimulus. Let’s Count! provides flexible and time-saving resources, which support schools through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These resources help to re-engage children and families in learning, and celebrate local community, as part of the recovery curriculum.

Take part in our competition

You could win prizes including £1,000 of equipment for your school.

The competition is now live, so visit www.letscount.org.uk to join in.

Download your resources

Once you’ve registered your school, you can download your free resources to use straightaway.

Visit www.letscount.org.uk to register your school today.

Census Secondary Education Programme

The census secondary school programme excites and engages young people aged 11 to 18 years. The programme aims to empower students to use their voices and encourage their families and community to complete the census.

Educators can access inspiring whole-school and individual lesson content, which links to curriculum subjects such as citizenship, PSHE, maths and history. These lessons use real-world tasks to consider how data can be used to influence decisions across society, bringing the census to life for young people. In the programme, students will get to explore the fictional island of “Statistopia”.

Join in with our competition

Our competition aims to build young people's employability skills and help them articulate the importance of the census to their peers and community.

The competition’s now open, so visit www.censuseducation.org.uk to find out how to take part.

Register for Census Secondary Education Programme

Visit www.censuseducation.org.uk to register your school today.

Contact us

Email us, if you have any questions about either programme.